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Last updated June 4, 2021
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: I currently have two opportunities related to our Dryland Critical Zone project. The first is a postdoctoral opportunity related to the nutrient cycling portion of the project. I am not the main advisor on this, but I'll be involved with the search and the work, so please reach out if you think you might be a good fit. Themes include drylands, a fertilization experiment, and a particular focus on phosphorus. If you are biogeochemically oriented (like perhaps you already have an opinion on which elements are more interesting than others!), you could be a good match. The second opportunity is that I have my eyes out for a Ph.D. student, particularly one that would be interested in CO2 and gas exchange related projects (jars, chambers, towers, you name it). In my view, this could be a pretty cushy Ph.D. for the right person. We have lots of funding and a built-in cross-disciplinary research group to build your network and career. I know it's not whales or black holes, but hey carbon is important too. See more about the project below, and again, please contact me if interested.
ABOUT THE LAB: I am an assistant professor in the Biological Sciences department at the University of Texas at El Paso. Our laboratory's research is focused on investigating the plant and soil processes that drive terrestrial ecosystems. A consistent theme in our work is filling in the belowground component of our understanding of ecosystems to complement existing knowledge of aboveground processes. We use approaches such as biogeochemistry, including isotopic analyses, laboratory experiments, and field experiments. Field projects have focused on mountain, desert, and Arctic tundra ecosystems. Many projects also include a global change component such as the effects of invasive species, air pollution, or climate change.
PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: I am currently recruiting Ph.D. students to work in the lab beginning in spring or fall of 2022 specifically to work on a recently funded project examining the "critical zone" in drylands. Critical zone science is an interdisciplinary approach that combines geology and ecology, and as such this project is a fantastic opportunity to work as part of an integrated scientific team of faculty and students at UTEP and in the broader critical zone science community. The lab is especially welcoming of people from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in science such as first-generation students, women, and minorities. Find out more about our projects and the application process here.
CURRENT WORK: During my first five years at UTEP, a major focus of the lab has been a National Science Foundation funded project examining the fungal loop in desert ecosystems. We are currently concluding work on this project and the lab is transitioning toward some new projects, most especially studies of carbon cycling in drylands including the above-mentioned critical zone work. As part of this suite of projects, we recently acquired an isotopic trace gas analyzer that measures isotopes of CO2. Finally, we have an active project examining enzyme activities in Arctic soils. Read more about lab projects here.
Department of Biological Sciences
500 W. University Ave.
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968
Office: Biology B401
Lab: Biology B419
Pronunciation of Darrouzet: DARE-uh-ZET.